Sunday, July 01, 2012

Remembering 'the Fallen' of Crosthwaite, Keswick


1. Crosthwaite Parish Church, Keswick, Cumbria
(Church of England). Dedicated to St Kentigern

2. WW2 memorial, Crosthwaite Parish, Keswick

3. WW1 memorial, Crosthwaite Parish, Keswick

4. Boer War memorial, Crosthwaite Parish, Keswick

 For additional information click on 'Comments' below.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Additional information

Crosthwaite Parish, Keswick, Cumbria.

The Church of England parish of Crosthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria (previously Cumberland) is dedicated to St Kentigern (also known as St Mungo in other parts of Cumbria and Scotland). Tradition has it that Kentigern (or Mungo) came to this district in the 6th Century A.D. It was around that time that it is believed the first Christian church was founded on the site of the present Crosthwaite Parish Church.

Among the famous people of past times linked to Crosthwaite parish, Keswick are the former Poet Laureate, Robert Southey, and a former Vicar of the Parish, Canon Herdwicke Drummond Rawnsley, a canon of Carlisle Cathedral. Both Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley are interred in the churchyard. There are also memorials dedicated to Robert Southey and Canon Rawnsley within the church.

Arguably, one of the best-known published works of Robert Southey is the story of "The Three Bears". Robert Southey's "Three Bears" story was later rewritten as "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" ("Who's been eating my porridge?").

Canon Rawnsley, who was a Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, led a very active life and had a wide circle of well-connected friends and acquaintances. For example, he was a close personal friend of the former American President, Woodrow Wilson - one of the principal architects of the 1919 Versailles Peace Treaty. Canon Rawnsley had also been a chaplain to both the King and the Border Regiment Territorials. He held the military rank of Colonel.

Within the walls of the church there are three war memorials to commemorating the 'Fallen' of Crosthwaite parish in different wars. The oldest commemorates the war dead of the Boer War. The other two war memorials commemorate those who died in the First World War and the Second World War. For the sake of completeness, a transcription of all three memorials has been included below.
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Crosthwaite Parish WW2 memorial

The Crosthwaite Second World War memorial, listing 20 names, reads as follows:

In Grateful and Loving Memory of the Men of Crosthwaite who laid down their lives in the World War 1939 - 1945.

James Eric Aitchison
Sydney Edmund Birkett
Charles James Brandon
G. Eric T. Brown
Leslie Dent
Edwin Evans
William John Ewart
Isaac William Green
Wilfrid F. Haselfoot
Ronnie Herd
Robert Hilland
Keith Peter Hoare
William Liston
W. Roger Marshall A. Deane
Harold Byers Pickthall
William Pritt
Patrick G.E. Sarsfield-Hall
John Wilson Tyson
Frank Birkett Walker
Robert Verdon Williamson

"He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living." (Mark 12.27)
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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Crosthwaite Parish WW1 memorial

The Crosthwaite Parish WW1 memorial, listing 55 names, reads as follows:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
and in memory of the men of Crosthwaite who fell in the Great War, 1914 - 1919, and as a thankoffering for the safe return of their comrades, this organ and the restored tower and window were dedicated, June 30 1920.

Douglas Blackburn
Cecil Birkbeck
John Birkett
J. Stawell Birkett
Lawrence Boustead
Taylor F. Boustead
W. Wallace Boustead
John Cartmell
J. Stainton Clark
Ernest H. Dalzell
Mark L. Davey
Edwin Evans
John Edwards
Joseph B. Fisher
Lewthwaite Foster
Frank Gardiner
Harold Graves
Tom Graves
John H. Gillbanks
Thomas Gill
James Harrison
Charles Holdsworth
J. Charles Hodgson
I. Harvey Hodgson
J. Scott Holliday
Robert Just
R. Halley Knight
Fred Kendall
F. Scott Martin
Robert B. Mandale
William McCade
Tom Moore
John Nelson
William Parish
John Peet
Tom H. Peill
Robert Postlethwaite
Tom B. Postlethwaite
Ernest Rigg
E. Leck Sanders
Edward Stanley
Gilbert Sewell
Joseph Sewell
John Stamper
John Strong
William Stewart
Andrew Saul
Joseph Swinburn
James Towers
Maurice Towers
William Tyson
J. Robert Usher
Harold Vickers
G. Banks Wivell
G.R. Wallace

"Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." ~ John XV.13 ~
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Crosthwaite Parish Boer War memorial

The Crosthwaite Parish Boer War memorial, which commemorates 3 former parishioners, reads as follows:

IN MEMORIAM

Pvte. JOHN MAWSON
1st Coldstream Guards
who fell at Magersfontein
and died, 13 December 1899
+
Pvte. HERBERT WHITE
King's Own Scottish Borderers
killed at Karee Siding
29 March 1900
+
Pvte. JOSEPH HEYWOOD
St John's Ambulance Brigade
who died at Estcourt
25 August 1900
+
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."

This tablet was placed here by public subscription.
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Sunday, 01 July, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Crosthwaite (St Kentigern's, Keswick)
CWGC details for the identified WW2 casualties

Below are the WW2 casualty details listed by the CWGC:

1. James Eric AITCHISON

Name: AITCHISON, JAMES ERIC
Rank: Captain
Service No: 187869
Date of Death: 04/02/1944
Age: 29
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 19 Field Regt.
Grave Reference: IV, G, 7.
Cemetery: ANZIO WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
(Next of kin details not listed)
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2. Sydney Edmund BIRKETT

Name: BIRKETT, SYDNEY EDMUND
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Trade: W.Op./Air Gnr.
Service No: 1115374
Date of Death: 01/09/1943
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 620 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Plot 2 Row 4 Grave 21.
Cemetery: DUNKIRK TOWN CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of James and Sarah Jane Birkett, of Keswick, Cumberland.

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3. Charles James BRANDON

Name: BRANDON, CHARLES JAMES
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Service No: 936802
Date of Death: 12/02/1943
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 242 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Brit. Sec. J. D. 13.
Cemetery: YOKOHAMA WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
(Next of kin details not listed)
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4. George Eric Tiplady BROWN

Name: BROWN, GEORGE ERIC TIPLADY
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 162499
Date of Death: 23/09/1944
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Border Regiment, "D" Coy. 1st (Airborne) Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 4.
Memorial: GROESBEEK MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Mrs. Katherine J. Brown, of Keswick, Cumberland.
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5. Leslie DENT

Name: DENT, LESLIE
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: W.Op./Air Gnr.
Service No: 990446
Date of Death: 18/06/1941
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Grave Reference: Sec. D. Grave 325.
Cemetery: CROSTHWAITE (ST. KENTIGERN) CHURCHYARD
Additional Information:
(Next of kin details not listed)
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6. Edwin EVANS

Name: EVANS, EDWIN
Rank: Fusilier
Service No: 3600183
Date of Death: 19/02/1944
Age: 28
Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), 9th Bn.
Grave Reference: I, A, 28.
Cemetery: ROME WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Edwin and Annie Evans, of Keswick, Cumberland; husband of Velma Evans, of Keswick.

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7. William John EWART

Name: EWART, WILLIAM JOHN
Rank: Flight Lieutenant
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 89380
Date of Death: 02/06/1942
Age: 25
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Awards: Mentioned in Despatches
Grave Reference: 20. E. 3.
Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Fergus and Jessie Ewart; husband of Elsie Lilian Ewart, of Ilford, Essex.

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8. Isaac William GREEN

Name: GREEN, ISAAC W.
Rank: Sapper
Service No: 2128891
Date of Death: 14/07/1941
Age: 26
Regiment/Service: Royal Engineers, 3 Bomb Disposal Coy.
Grave Reference: Sec. D. Grave 364.
Cemetery: CROSTHWAITE (ST. KENTIGERN) CHURCHYARD
Additional Information:
Son of Folder and Martha Green, of Keswick; husband of Mary Isabella Green, of Keswick.

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9. Wilfrid F. HASELFOOT

Name: HASELFOOT, WILFRID FREDERICK
Rank: Lieut-Commander
Date of Death: 10/04/1940
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M. Submarine Thistle
Panel Reference: Panel 36, Column 3.
Memorial: PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Charles Edward and Elinor D'engayne Haselfoot; husband of Jean Dorothea Catneron Haselfoot, of Alverstoke, Hampshire.

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10. Ronnie HERD

Name: HERD, RONALD ALEXANDER
Rank: Lance Bombardier
Service No: 3600142
Date of Death: 21/04/1941
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 321 Bty., 26 Searchlight Regt.
Grave Reference: Sec. C. Cons. Grave 18125.
Cemetery: PLYMOUTH (WESTON MILL) CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Alexander S. Herd and Jessie A. Herd, of Low Portinscale Cumberland.

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Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

11. Robert HILLAND

Name: HILLAND, ROBERT MEAKIN
Rank: Gunner
Service No: 1730364
Date of Death: 19/03/1944
Age: 36
Regiment/Service: Royal Artillery, 107 H.A.A. Regt.
Grave Reference Sec. E. Grave 653.
Cemetery: CROSTHWAITE (ST. KENTIGERN) CHURCHYARD
Additional Information:
Son of Fredric and Eleanor Hilland husband of Mary Eleanor Hilland, of Keswick.

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12. Keith Peter HOARE

Name: HOARE, KEITH PETER
Rank: Captain
Service No: 128786
Date of Death: 10/07/1943
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Tank Regiment, R.A.C., 44th
Grave Reference: II. G. 5.
Cemetery: SYRACUSE WAR CEMETERY, SICILY
Additional Information:
Son of Lieut.-Comdr. Keith Robin Hoare, D.S.O., A.M., R.N., and Brenda Hoare, of Portinscale, Cumberland.

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13. William LISTON

Name: LISTON, WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Service No: 3660649
Date of Death: 11/06/1944
Age: 24
Regiment/Service: South Lancashire Regiment and No. 6 Commando
Grave Reference: IVA. G. 10.
Cemetery: RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
(Next of kin details not listed)
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14. Walter Roger MARSHALL-A' DEANE

Name: MARSHALL-A'DEANE, WALTER ROGER
Rank: Commander
Date of Death: 22/05/1941
Age: 38
Regiment/Service: Royal Navy, H.M.S. Greyhound.
Awards: D S O, D S C, A M
Panel Reference: Panel 45, Column 1.
Memorial:
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Richard Marshall and of Gertrude Ellen Marshall (nee Temple);
Husband of Margaret Hamilton Marshall-A'Deane, of Takapau, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

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15. Harold Byers PICKTHALL

Name:PICKTHALL, HAROLD BYERS
Rank: Lance Corporal
Service No: 2352211
Date of Death: 11/01/1944
Age: 30
Regiment/Service: Royal Corps of Signals, 18th Div. Sigs.
Grave Reference: 3. F. 7.
Cemetery: CHUNGKAI WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Richard Owen Pickthall and Annie Pickthall;
Husband of Esther Pickthall, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.
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16. William PRITT

Name: PRITT, WILLIAM
Rank:Private
Service No: 14209631
Date of Death: 01/07/1944
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: King's Shropshire Light Infantry, 4th Bn.
Grave Reference: VII. G. 10.
Cemetery: ST. MANVIEU WAR CEMETERY, CHEUX
Additional Information:
Son of Thomas and Clara Pritt, of Keswick, Cumberland.

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17. Patrick G.E. SARSFIELD-HALL

Name: SARSFIELD-HALL, PATRICK GEOFFREY EDWARD
Rank: Lieutenant
Service No: 228328
Date of Death: 28/10/1944
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Irish Guards, 3rd Bn.
Grave Reference: 18. A. 6.
Cemetery: JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of Edwin Geoffrey Sarsfield-Hall and of Ethel Robin Sarsfield-Hall (nee Clowes), of Keswick, Cumberland. B.A. (Oxon.).

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18. John Wilson TYSON

Name: TYSON, JOHN WILSON
Rank: Flight Sergeant
Service No: 551714
Date of Death: 23/10/1942
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 462 (R.A.A.F.)
Panel Reference: Column 250.
Memorial: ALAMEIN MEMORIAL
Additional Information:
Son of Robert Wilson Tyson and Eliza Maggie Tyson, of Keswick, Cumberland.

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19. Frank Birkett WALKER

Name: WALKER, FRANK BIRKETT
Rank: Sergeant
Trade: Flt. Engr.
Service No: 937534
Date of Death: 27/04/1944
Age: 23
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 44 Sqdn.
Grave Reference: Coll. grave 8. K. 22-25.
Cemetery: DURNBACH WAR CEMETERY
Additional Information:
Son of William and Alice Walker, of Portinscale, Cumberland.

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Saturday, 27 October, 2012  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

20. Robert Verdon WILLIAMSON

(Unable to identify in the CWGC records)

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Crosthwaite (St Kentigern's, Keswick) Parish
Additional WW2 casualties

The following WW2 casualties are not commemorated on the parish memorial inside the church although they are interred in the churchyard:

21. Alexander Robert GRAHAM

Name: GRAHAM, ALEXANDER ROBERT
Rank: Pilot Officer
Trade: Pilot
Service No: 58768
Date of Death: 23/10/1947
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
Grave Reference: Sec. B. Grave 269.
Cemetery: CROSTHWAITE (ST. KENTIGERN) CHURCHYARD, Cumberland
Additional Information:
Son of Mungo Forbes Graham and Jane Hall Graham, of Portinscale.

Click on the following link to see a photograph of the headstone of Pilot Officer Alexander Robert Graham:
Pilot Officer Alexander Robert Graham (memorial)

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22. Hugh McKeever PHILLIPS

Name: PHILLIPS, HUGH MCKEEVER
Rank: Colour Serjeant
Service No: 6851367
Date of Death: 23/01/1944
Age: 31
Regiment/Service: King's Royal Rifle Corps
Grave Reference: Sec. B. Grave 270.
Cemetery: CROSTHWAITE (ST. KENTIGERN) CHURCHYARD, Cumberland
Additional Information:
Son of Ernest McKeever Phillips and Maisie McKeever Phillips;
Husband of Joan Phare Phillips, of Rattlesden, Suffolk.

Click on the following link to see a photograph of the headstone of CSM Hugh McKeever Phillips:
CSM Hugh McKeever Phillips (memorial)

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